1660s; borrowed from French sénile, from Middle French senile, from Old French senile, from Latin senīlis (“of or pertaining to old age”), from senex (“old man”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *sénos (“old”).
- Of, or relating to old age.
- 2013 May-June, Charles T. Ambrose, “Alzheimer’s Disease”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 200:
- Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems— […]. Such a slow-release device containing angiogenic factors could be placed on the pia mater covering the cerebral cortex and tested in persons with senile dementia in long term studies.
- (often offensive) Exhibiting the deterioration in mind and body often accompanying old age; doddering.
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senile (plural seniles)
- (dated, medicine) A person who is senile.
- 1979, Oscar J. Kaplan, Psychopathology of Aging, page 54:
- Seniles differ markedly in their early adult intelligence level, and in their social, vocational, and educational histories.
- senile in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- senile in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- inflection of :
senile (plural senili)
senile m (oblique and nominative feminine singular senile)
- relating to old age